Child Protection and Safeguarding are taken very seriously at Royal Park Primary Academy. All procedures and expectations are outlined in our child protection policy which you can find in our policy section under Our School.
At Royal Park, our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Penny Holmes, Kelly Rutherford, Claire Hilton, Rosi Mahoney and Joseph Maksymowicz are also part of the safeguarding team. All staff receive regular safeguarding training to raise awareness of the different levels of safeguarding issues presented to children and young adults.
We are always available to give advice, including online safety. If you have any safeguarding concerns then please report to the school office who will direct you to the appropriate member of staff. Below, you will also find some useful links which may provide you with some valuable information.
We now live in a world where strangers are able to talk to our children from anywhere in the world within minutes; this is just as easy as if invited into the family home. It is our responsibility to highlight the dangers of online socialising and offer guidance on how to keep safe. Online stranger danger is a real concern, particularly for young children.
The key thing to remember is that by equipping children with the right advice to make smarter choices online we can minimise the risks of exposure to online grooming.
Online grooming can be a difficult issue to tackle with children but with practical advice we can work together in keeping our children safe when using a growing range of online social media which now includes: gaming, instant messenger apps and other platforms accessible to all age groups.
The best way to keep your child safe online is to take an active interest right from the start. They need your love and protection online as much as they do in the real world. What your child is exposed to will depend on how they’re using the Internet – social network users are more likely to experience cyberbullying, see sexual or violent images, or have contact with strangers.